What you need to know before 2020 Census starts in Alaska
U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham addresses state and Alaska Native leaders Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dillingham will travel to Toksook Bay, on an island just off Alaska's western coast, for the first count on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The 2020 Census will begin next week in rural Alaska. The Census always starts in remote parts of the nation’s largest state out of tradition and necessity. It’s easier for Census workers to travel on frozen ground than after the thaw. Plus, they are likely to get more residents, who tend to leave for hunting and fishing grounds after the thaw. The first count will be conducted Tuesday in Toksook Bay, located on Nelson Island just off Alaska’s western coast. Census Director Steven Dillingham will conduct the first count, but is doing Census outreach this weekend in Anchorage before flying west.